1. Leave all the Mexican stereotypes back home.
You can leave all your sombreros, piñatas, and maracas at home with the rest of your Cinco de Mayo decorations. As you’re planning your trip to Mexico, why don’t you spend a little time researching the general aspects of Mexican culture, especially the ones related to the places you’re gonna be visiting. The international conception of Mexico is somewhat of a parody put together by general misconceptions (ok, mostly Hollywood misconceptions), and even when social media has helped us putting the right picture in front of everyone’s eyes, it’s still common to find visitors (mainly in and around tourist traps like Cancun) that don’t have the least idea of where they’re standing.
There’s a saying among us Mexicans: “There’s not just a single Mexico.” Remember you’re gonna be visiting one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, a country with more than 60 active languages where indigenous identity mixed deeply with Catholicism. Not everything here is mariachis and sombreros.